Published: Tuesday, June 7 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT
The "we" in this case is the business community.
Good ole boys slapping each other on the back for favors.
Thank you so very much for neglecting to mention Sarah Palin.
So, the best leaders are fat cats and political hacks?Hmmmmmm.How about my third-grade teacher? A superb educator, she also tended a
war-disabled husband and managed a household and 2 boys, sending them on
missions and to college on a teacher's salary and a small disability pension.Congress could learn a lot from her about money management and
accountability.How about my old boss? By hard work, built a
comfortable farming enterprise, literally, from nothing. A 4th-grade dropout,
to support a widowed mother and siblings, he always had a soft spot for
youngsters in need of direction. Hired us and taught us to value work and not
to waste the education we were lucky enough to receive.Many could
learn those lessons.How about a kind bishop, a loving grandpa,
doting parents, an exceptional wife, devoted kids?A million years
from now, business acumen, community standing, and political clout will be seen
as lesser indicia of leadership success than the lives of many who led
individuals, one-at-a-time, to happy, fulfilled lives.
What's up with these crazy lists? I guess if you aren't rich or a
lawyer, you can't make the cut. Nothing wrong with anyone on said list but I
think we expand the box a bit.
Thanks for a great reminder of the talent in our community. I agree with the
earlier commentator that a school teacher would be a nice addition. So would a
guy working in Utah coal mines who is well read and who has a good heart. The
point is that there is lots of great local talent. The ones listed are just a
start, but a good list indeed.
My dad worked as a warehouseman. He was the most honest man I have ever known
in every respect. He often sought to counsel young men who worked with him who
were having a wide variety of difficulties. There are many guys and gals like
him who wouldn't make your leadership list. This is a sickening puff piece. I
mean no disrespect to anyone mentioned - they're fine people. It's the piece
itself which so hierarchical and preachy, and oh so Utah.
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